Surprise Renewal for MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., As ABC Boss Departs

If like us, you imagined Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E..L.D. might be sent to pasture following its upcoming truncated 13-episode sixth season next summer (or even following the dramatic events of the season 5 finale), then it might be time to don the re-thinking cap.

ABC announced a seventh season renewal for the show via press announcement from ABC boss Channing Dungey over the weekend.

Surprisingly, the announcement marked one of Dungey’s final creative decisions at the network. Entertainment President since February 2016, Dungey announced her decision to step down, Friday. She will be succeeded by Karey Burke, head of programming at Freeform, ABC’s sister cable network. 

Agents of S.H.I.E..L.D., co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, will officially return for a sixth season in summer 2018, with no premiere date or episode count announced just yet.

The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward.

Clark Gregg, whose character Phil Coulson died in the season five finale will return to direct the season 6 premiere “Missing Pieces,” written by Whedon and Tancharoen. It is unknown if Coulson will return, or in what capacity, over the next two seasons.

The season five finale saw Coulson, kept alive by a Kree serum until his pact with Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) negated its effects, making the decision not to save himself with restorative Centipede serum, but instead to give the serum to Daisy (Chloe Bennet) so that she could defeat Talbot (Adrian Pasdar), save the world from devastation, and prevent a dystopian future for humanity from occuring.

Resigned to his fate, Coulson and May took off to Tahiti where they both agreed to live out Coulson’s remaining days together.

However, Coulson was not the only casualty of the finale. Iain De Caestecker’s Fitz was impaled by falling debris, and also died as Mack (Henry Simmons) and May (Ming-Na Wen) attempted unsuccessfully to save him.  However, with two versions of Fitz in existence (kinda), following a time-bending season in which Fitz placed himself into stasis so that he could rescue the team in the future, only to return to the past and die, his return may be more straightforward than any involving Coulson — provided his stasis pod can be located in the present day.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television for ABC.

Season 6 Set is coming in Summer 2019.

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